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SB 862 would create the Southern California Goods Movement Authority

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If passed, SB 862 (Lowenthal) would create the Southern California Goods Movement Authority, which shall be composed of one representative from each of the following:

  1. The Port of Los Angeles, appointed by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners,
  2. The Port of Long Beach, appointed by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners,
  3. The City of Los Angeles, appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles,
  4. The City of Long Beach, appointed by the Mayor of Long Beach,
  5. The City of Anaheim, appointed by the Mayor of Anaheim,
  6. The City of Riverside, appointed by the Mayor of Riverside,
  7. The City of San Bernardino, appointed by the Mayor of San Bernardino,
  8. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, appointed by the board of directors of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority,
  9. The Orange County Transportation Authority, appointed by the board of directors of the Orange County Transportation Authority,
  10. The Riverside County Transportation Commission,
  11. The San Bernardino Associated Governments, and
  12. The Alameda Corridor East Construction Authority.

The newly created Authority would be able to enter into a memorandum of understanding with PierPASS, created by the West Coast Marine Terminal Operator Agreement, or a similar entity created
by the agreement and approved by the Federal Maritime Commission for providing funding for projects.

The types of projects specifically mentioned in the bill include the following:

  • Grade separation projects in the Counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino.
  • A project to separate at-grade rail crossings between the Union Pacific Railroad and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad in the County of San Bernardino, also known as Colton Crossing.
  • A project to improve ondock rail infrastructure at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach using electricity, magnetic levitation, or other similar zero-emission technology.
  • The replacement, repowering, or retrofitting of heavy-duty diesel vehicles moving port-related cargo.
  • The replacement, repowering, or retrofitting of locomotive engines, including engines within railyards in southern California, moving port-related cargo.
  • Mobile or portable shoreside distributed power generation to oceangoing cargo container vessels that eliminates the need to use the electricity grid at the Port of Los Angeles or the Port of Long Beach, and that has been tested and verified by the State Air Resources Board or a local air quality management district.
  • The electrification of the rail infrastructure used to move cargo to and from the Port of Los Angeles or the Port of Long Beach.
  • Shoreside electrical power generation to oceangoing cargo container vessels at the Port of Los Angeles or the Port of Long Beach.
  • Container cargo-handling equipment at the Port of Los Angeles or the Port of Long Beach.

Stay tuned as we report new developments on this bill.  You can find the full text of the bill at http://leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=sb_862&sess=1112&house=B&author=lowenthal